Review: My Cousin Rachael by Daphne Du Maurier

February 13, 2018 | My Cousin Rachael by Daphne Du Maurier is published by Hachette. Available now RRP $19.99, ebook $11.99.

I first read this book as a teenager. Back then, with limited experience of the romantic variety and certainly no actual understanding of Cornwall and country life, it was Phillip’s story that drew me in. The mystery, the obsession, the ending; all of it beautifully written, haunting in qualit...

Review: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

January 30, 2018 | Winner of the Booker 2017. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is published by Bloomsbury RRP$29.99 (available in all formats)

  It was a conversation George Saunders had with his wife’s cousin that inspired the award winning novel LINCOLN IN THE BARDO. Did he know that on the day Abraham Lincoln buried his son Willie, he returned to the crypt in Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown to hold his son once more? This ...

Review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

January 17, 2018 | The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa is published by Penguin. RRP $29.99 (Harcover), ebook available.

This utterly charming novel reminds me of everything I love about Japan. It has a pared back simplicity which belies depth of story, it has a thoughtful connection with nature that is both subtle and essential to the essence of the text and it is quirky. The Travelling Cat Chroniclces is ...

Review: The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland

November 21, 2017 | The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland is published by Macmillan and is available now.. RRP $29.99 (Trade), $6.99 (ebook)

This book is, on the surface, a book about four women (Jewels, Mezz, Ellie and Kat) who have joined a weight loss program (WON). Look a little deeper and it's about much more than that. The program includes a compulsory online forum where participation (including weight check-in) is expected. Th...

Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

November 10, 2017 | Turtles All the Way Down is published by Penguin, RRP $27.99 (Hardback)

For a many people, I suspect this book will be a hard read, but not because of the writing itself. The main character Aza, suffers from mental illness, manifesting in extreme anxiety, germ phobia and thought spirals than run out of control. As the story is told from her point of view the depicti...

Review: The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainright

September 25, 2017 | The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainright is published by Allen and Unwin. RRP $29.99, available now.

You don’t have to be a blogger or a mum to enjoy THE MUMMY BLOGGERS by Holly Wainright. Anyone with access to social media will get a kick out of this for-our-times novel (and let’s face it, you are here, reading my review on the magical internet, so you’re going to relate and you’re goi...

Review: How To Stop Time by Matt Haig

September 6, 2017 | How To Stop Time is published by Canongate. Available now, RRP $29.99

I’m going to admit straight up that I have put off writing this review, not because I didn’t like HOW TO STOP TIME, but because I adored it. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and will go on my all-time favourites list where it will reside forever. And because of this I want to wr...

Interview: Dianne Maguire on Writing and Real Life Inspiration

August 15, 2017 | Things We Cannot See is published by Harper Collins. Ebook available now, RRP $5.99.

Today I am excited to have Dianne Maguire on the blog, to talk about her wonderful second novel THINGS WE CANNOT SEE. You can read my review of Dianne's debut novel, WHAT MATTERS MOST, here.  Dianne Maguire is a social worker turned novelist with over 20 years’ experience in child welfa...

Review: Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods

July 20, 2017 | Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods is published by Harper Collins. RRP$29.99, available July 24th

BEAUTIFUL MESSY LOVE is the second novel by award winning Perth based author, Tess Woods. You can read my review of her debut novel, LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT here. Lily is a bit of a mess, struggling with her medical studies, mostly because she hasn’t worked out how she fits into the world of d...

Review: Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley

July 19, 2017 | Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley is published by Penguin. RRP $32.99, available now.

When her father falls ill, Willow Patterson is called home from University to take over the running of the family property, Patterson Downs. Running the place has always been her dream, and she has big plans to turn the cattle station to organic and sustainable practice. As she is packing she...

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